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Hello, I'm Dylan. Just to let you know (for future reference) I'm a 13 year old Canadian.

I'm looking at building my own computer. Most of the parts have been chosen but I need it validated.

If anyone could take a look at all this, it'd be fantastic.

Motherboard:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3038920&body=REVIEWS#tabs - $128

Monitor:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3498665&CatId=2775 - $270 :(

Video Card:
http://www.usedwinnipeg.com/classified-ad/5869236&category=pc-desktops - $150
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB

CPU:
http://www.tddirect.ca/products/133696/BX80570E8400/Intel/ - $215

RAM:
http://www.crucial.com/store/listmodule/DDRII/~LED~/list.html LOOK AT - $75

Hard drive:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3318029&CatId=8 - $90

DVD Burner:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3550101&CatId=89 - $40 Check.

Power Supply:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3092557&CatId=1483 - $90

Case:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1384989&Sku=A107-3016 - $75

TV Tuner:
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10056747&catid= - $40


I trust everything here is all I need (aside from the keyboard and mouse, that is been taken care of.)


I'm looking at a $1400 with shipping budget. I can't really go over.
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  1. Motherboard: The one you linked doesn't look like a very good motherboard. In fact i'm leaning towards crap. For a similar price i'd suggest an ASUS P5K.

    Monitor: Looks good.

    Video Card: Never buy a used videocard, ever. Actually i wouldn't recommend buying ANY used computer components. For close to that price, you can get a 9600GT. It's performs very well for $159.99 after $10 rebate.

    CPU: No complaints here :)

    RAM: $75 is a little much IMO for 2gb of 6400 RAM. Here's 4gb for $69.99 after rebates. http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26563&vpn=OCZ2N800SR4GK&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology
    Or 2gb for $41.03 after $10 rebate. This one has excellent timings. http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21095&vpn=996533&manufacture=MUSHKIN

    Hard Drive: Looks fine.

    DVD Burner: Fine

    PSU: Will do just fine, although i prefer a PSU with a single large Rail as opposed to multiple smaller ones.

    Case: I really don't like the looks of the case you selected. And i don't mean how it looks. What i mean is it has horrible case fans, will probably be loud even with just 2 80mm fans with little to no airflow. The "airduct" will have to be removed if you plan on having a larger aftermarket HS at any point in time.

    If you decide to save money on the RAM, i'd look into the Antec 900. It's pretty much got the best airflow in that price range. The Thermaltake Armor is also very nice for that.

    If not, take a look at the XIONs, they may have something you'll like.
  2. Well the only reason the guy is getting rid of the video card was because he got a 9800 GTX.


    RAM: Okay.

    PSU: I'll look into it, it was a quick pick, not much decision.

    Case: Well I was leaning away from that anyway.

    And about the Motherboard, I'm going to take a look at the one you recommended.

    EDIT:
    What do you think about this video card?
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3427124&Sku=P450-8812

    PSU:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1543967&CatId=1483

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337814&Sku=ULT33180

    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3135545&CatId=1572


    I hope that looks good.

    Constructive criticism PLEASE!
  3. motherboard:
    I would go for P5K or P5K-E they are both good.

    RAM:
    I stick to G.Skill and OCZ, they have nice RAM with good heatsinks for good prices.

    Case:
    I prefer Thermaltake and Antec cases, they are good for any build.
  4. I didn't even look at NCIX, but Tiger.ca does have several 8800GS cards for less then $150CA. (One of them was even an overclocked model.) I would take the less memory if it gives me the extra SP.

    Most people tend to avoid Intel motherboards because they usually limit overclocking options. Look to Asus, Abit, DFI, etc. Grab a good P35 chipset.

    Case looks to be horribly overpriced. $75 for a bunch of lights?
  5. Myhand said:
    Hello, I'm Dylan. Just to let you know (for future reference) I'm a 13 year old Canadian.

    I'm looking at building my own computer. Most of the parts have been chosen but I need it validated.

    If anyone could take a look at all this, it'd be fantastic.

    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3038920&body=REVIEWS#tabs - $128
    this mb i hear is pretty good this is what i hear from compusa tech ive been looking into it myself

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3498665&CatId=2775 - $270 :(
    it can be found cheaper though if your not exactly set on a 22" monitor id go a bit smaller

    Video Card:
    http://www.usedwinnipeg.com/classified-ad/5869236&category=pc-desktops - $150
    EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB

    id be worried about the warrenty if its warrantied id have no probs
    CPU:
    http://www.tddirect.ca/products/133696/BX80570E8400/Intel/ - $215

    cool cpu

    RAM:
    http://www.crucial.com/store/listmodule/DDRII/~LED~/list.html LOOK AT - $75

    hmm ram i have 2 gigs worth and i run xp not nearly enough for me like in gaming id go with 4 the new games are hogs and so is anykind of video editing

    Hard drive:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3318029&CatId=8 - $90

    i have a 250 and a 320 both sata and im constantly running out of space id up for a 500 or 750 for a little extra and i highly recommend seagate they have a 5yr warrenty maxtor is 3 and wd is 1yr upgradeable to 3

    DVD Burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3550101&CatId=89 - $40 Check.

    id go with a 29.99 sony dvd recorder can be bought at compusa or tigerdirect

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3092557&CatId=1483 - $90
    nice

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1384989&Sku=A107-3016 - $75

    find one that has good cerculation though idk about this paticular one

    TV Tuner:
    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10056747&catid= - $40

    if for video editing id go for a little better if for general watching not bad


    I trust everything here is all I need (aside from the keyboard and mouse, that is been taken care of.)


    over all not bad system i think btw what os will you use xp pro or vista if vista 2 gig of ram is the least i would use personally i have friends have vista and they say its runs all right with 1 and 2 gigs of ram but its runs best with 3+ but then again just my personal thoughts
  6. It'll be running XP.

    The RAM I'm getting is low latency.
  7. if its for gaming and video and can spare a little more go for the more ram

    on the lite on dvd drive i dont recommend it
  8. I wouldn't touch a GTS 640 atm. They're reasonably powerful cards, but you'd be much better off with a GTS 512 or a GT. Also, as Lucuis said, I hear the 9600 is a good card.

    I've never heard of that monitor, so I don't know, but a solid choice in that department would be a Samsung 226BW. In fact, I'd go with a 226CW so you don't take any risks about the panel. I also hear the HP W2207 is excellent, if you don't mind the screen being glossy.

    That case uses 80mm fans, and like Lucuis mentioned, they won't shift a whole lot of air and will be very whiny. The Antec 900 is a solid choice in terms of airflow, but not the quietest case. My dad uses one of these and it's virtually silent, and appears to have good airflow due to a nice, spacious design and huge fans, although if you go for that you'd be restricted to a micro ATX mobo.

    Also I'd recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler - they can be a right bitch to fit after the system's put together, often necessitating complete removal of the mobo to fit a backplate (you may very well want to overclock later on, even if you don't want to now). I'm currently using a Tuniq Tower 120, which is generally considered to be a very good heatsink, and if you've got decent airflow and you choose not to overclock, you can run it with the fan off and it will still probably cool better than the stock cooler. If you don't want to spend that kind of money or you can't fit a Tuniq Tower in your case, I hear the Arctic Freezer 7 is decent.

    That optical drive looks like it should be fine, but perhaps a bit pricey (I'm not too familiar with prices in USD, so it might be standard).

    RAM I don't know much about. I'm currently using this, and it's OK, I hear it can be pushed up to around 950MHz, although mine is currently running at 864MHz (I'm now tightening timings :P). I do know that my mate uses this, and he has it clocked to 1200MHz @2.2V, so you couldn't go wrong with that.

    My 2 pence :D
  9. Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3038920&body=REVIEWS#tabs - $128

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3498665&CatId=2775 - $240

    Video Card:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3427124&Sku=P450-8812 - $180
    XFX 8800 GT 512MB

    CPU:
    http://www.tddirect.ca/products/133696/BX80570E8400/Intel/ - $215

    RAM:
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?affiliateid=5887734&sku=25228&promoid=1034 LOOK AT - $90
    Corsair 4GB ddr2 800

    Hard drive:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3318029&CatId=8 - $90

    DVD Burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3550101&CatId=89 - $40 Check.

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3092557&CatId=1483 - $90

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337814&Sku=ULT33180 - $73

    TV Tuner:
    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10056747&catid= - $40


    So I've done a few updates.

    What do you guys think of it now?

    I'm considering this video card:
    Palit GeForce 8800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=27142&vpn=XNE/8800TXT352&manufacture=Palit%20Multimedia%20Inc.

    Also, the RAM I would like a cheaper, low latency model. (Like 4GB please?) For under $100.

    Also I'd be fine with paying $30 or so more for a 750GB hard drive.

    I'm also having troubles with picking a motherboard.

    Oh, and last, if you have any good Canadian components websites I'd be happy to take a look.
  10. Okay I've chosen this DVD burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3509190&CatId=482
    Philips SPD2413BM Super-All-Write OEM DVD Burner

    Is a heatsink 100% necessary? I mean, I don't want to push the price much more, but if it's a necessity I'll go for it.

    I'm also looking at a surge protector, is this a good idea? I heard they're extremely cheap so I guess I should get one to be safe.

    3rdly, If I could get some recomendations on speakers ($40 or so, please) and mice and keyboards, that would be great.
  11. Why did you switch to a more expensive 640MB GTS? Get an 8800GT for cheap, or an 8800GTS 512MB if you have the $$$? (how does a 13yo get this much $$$?)

    As long as the CPU is retail, it will come with a heatsink/fan. I wouldn't worry about getting the aftermarket HSF, soundcard, TV tuner, etc until after you've got the quality base parts to start with.

    Surge protectors are a base requirements, quality battery backups are better. Not only do they suppress surges, they can add power if it dips. (a big problem in some areas.)
  12. 4745454b said:
    Why did you switch to a more expensive 640MB GTS? Get an 8800GT for cheap, or an 8800GTS 512MB if you have the $$$? (how does a 13yo get this much $$$?)

    As long as the CPU is retail, it will come with a heatsink/fan. I wouldn't worry about getting the aftermarket HSF, soundcard, TV tuner, etc until after you've got the quality base parts to start with.

    Surge protectors are a base requirements, quality battery backups are better. Not only do they suppress surges, they can add power if it dips. (a big problem in some areas.)


    Okay, about the Video Card, I misprinted the information. The other 8800 (640MB) was used. I decided not to get it. I'm looking at something to buy something at more in the $200 range. That would probably be a better idea for me, so this way I'll be set longer.

    Second, I just had my Bar Mitzvah, explaining the cash.

    Third, you did not answer my question about the sound card. The TV tuner is cheap and I'm getting it.

    Anyway, thanks again,

    Dylan.
  13. I see your edit now, the 8800GT is better then the 8800 640GTS.

    I don't see your question about soundcards. (I do see about speakers, mouse, etc.) If you are spending your money on your PC, which I would, just get cheap for the input/speakers. Go to Walmart (or whatever the Canadian equivalent is) and get a keyboard/mouse combo for $20. With whatever money you have left over, get a set of speakers. Personally I wouldn't go with anything less then the Logitech z5300s, but that might put you over budget. (not sure though, I don't think you listed a budget...) I actually don't use computer speakers at all, I have my PC hooked up to my 5.1 surround sound system. (Complete with 15" subs in the 3ft+ tall JVC fronts.) Doing what I did would require buying a receiver, which would cost around $200, not counting speakers.
  14. i personally use cheap keyboard and decent mouse from wallmart and i dont use speakers i use a cheap stereo mic headset which serves as speakers for me and voice for internet gaming
  15. @OP:

    My recommendations:

    E8400/Q6600 (if doing video editing or the likes of thet)
    8800GT 512MB/(G92)8800GTS
    4GB (2*2GB preferably) DDR2 800
    Corsair 450/550 or even better a PP&C 610
    P35-DS3x (ie DS3L); P5K
    500GB 7200.11 HDD(s)

    *If OCing: XIGMATEK- S1283

    Every thing else you need/want.
  16. Okay, so here's my latest list:

    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3038920&body=REVIEWS#tabs - $128

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3498665&CatId=2775 - $240

    Video Card:
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180BD2476&vpn=PVT94PYDE4&manufacture=XFX - $155
    XFX GeForce 9600GT XT 680MHZ 512MB 1.9GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=28428&manufacture=Galaxy%20Technology

    CPU:
    http://www.tddirect.ca/products/133696/BX80570E8400/Intel/ - $215

    RAM:
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?affiliateid=5887734&sku=25228&promoid=1034 LOOK AT - $90
    Corsair 4GB ddr2 800

    Hard drive:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3318029&CatId=8 - $90

    DVD Burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3509190&CatId=482 - $31 Check.
    Philips SPD2413BM Super-All-Write OEM DVD Burner

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3092557&CatId=1483 - $90

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337814&Sku=ULT33180 - $73

    TV Tuner:
    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10056747&catid= - $40

    Fan:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1089088&CatId=494
    Ultra Blue/Titanium 80mm Ball Bearing Fan 3-Pack

    This puts it at at least $1479. I need it cheaper.. (with $40 keyboard and a $20 mouse.)

    Please help me here. My case doesn't include 120mm's so that's a problem. I won't get speakers right now. Any recommendations for cut-backs?


    [EDIT]
    Found out theres still roughly $250 to go into the account. I'm in good shape. (This leaves me with $1400 in the paypal account within 6-8 days and then $250 to go in 6- 8 days after May 30th.)
  17. ^Looks good.
  18. You can save $20 by getting this motherboard instead.

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3755527&CatId=3355

    As a side benefit, because its not an Intel board, it will probably overclock better.

    You can save another $24 by dropping down to this HDD.

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3247662&CatId=2458

    (Seagate 7200.10 250GB drive. This is the same model drive you were looking at getting. You can always add another one later after you've saved up some money.)

    Same idea, but now with the PSU.

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3482959&CatId=1079

    This is the 500W version of the PSU you were looking at getting. Saves another $34. (might want to double check this. These PSUs might be the same model, but this one might be made by a different company, and not as good as the one you picked.)

    If you don't have a lot of money, why are you spending this much on a case?

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3570029&CatId=1509

    Not as snazzy or nice as the one you picked out, but its a lot cheaper. This move will save you another $37. It should do the job however.

    If you do all of these moves, you just saved a total of $115, without giving up any performance. (smaller harddrive will be the "biggest" loss.) If you need anymore more, drop the TV tuner, its another thing you can easily add once you've saved up the $$$. Before you go buy everything, make sure you double check shipping/taxes.
  19. If you can squeeze it in, the dual slot cooler on the Palit card you linked is worth every penny.
  20. @4745454b
    I decided to choose the Motherboard and PSU you suggested.

    The case I'm looking at is what I want. It looks good, and has features I want. (Looks is a big part.) Don't worry about the case.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    @B-Unit
    I don't know what the dual slot cooler I suggested was.


    ACTIVE LIST:
    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3755527&CatId=3355 - $109

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3498665&CatId=2775 - $240

    Video Card:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3716132&CatId=28 - $202
    XFX GeForce 9600GT XT 680MHZ 512MB 1.9GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out

    CPU:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3574211&CatId=1969 - $200

    RAM:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3010717&Sku=O261-9024 LOOK AT - $85
    Corsair 4GB ddr2 800

    Hard drive:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3318029&CatId=8 - $90

    DVD Burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3509190&CatId=482 - $31 Check.
    Philips SPD2413BM Super-All-Write OEM DVD Burner

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3482959&CatId=1079 - $70

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337814&Sku=ULT33180 - $73

    TV Tuner:
    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10056747&catid= - $40


    I decided not to get the heatsink.

    But quick question, did the one I linked to include one?
  21. ^ The Palit is better.
  22. The CPU you linked to is a retail CPU, so it should come with one. (It should be marked OEM if it doesn't.) The Palit has very slightly higher clocks and is a $1 less, so from a performance aspect its the better card. The BFG however has a lifetime warranty. (Palit is limited for two years.) If you are worried about it, you might want to take the warranty into consideration. (OTOH, do you really want a 3 year old card if/when this one dies 3 years from now?)

    Your build looks pretty solid. I personally would get a slightly slower CPU to free up some money for a faster GPU, but you've got a good build there.
  23. I understand about the CPU. Thanks man.

    Well I'm not sure about the card. I'll probably have enough money for a better card then.

    Anyways, I want a fast CPU and I think the CPU I picked was worth it.


    Anyways, thanks.

    Will the RAM work with the motherboard?
  24. It says that item is unavailable now.

    I've chosen Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB.)

    It's best and Corsair says it's compatible.

    ACTIVE LIST:
    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3755527&CatId=3355 - $109
    Abit IP35V Intel P35 Express Socket 775

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3498665&CatId=2775 - $240
    Acer X223WBD 22" LCD 5ms 2500:1

    Video Card:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3716132&CatId=28 - $202
    XFX GeForce 9600GT XT 680MHZ 512MB 1.9GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out

    CPU:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3574211&CatId=1969 - $200
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Wolfdale 6 MB cache

    RAM:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3617672 LOOK AT - $95
    Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz

    Hard drive:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3529749&CatId=2459 - $80
    Hitachi Deckstar P7K500 500GB

    DVD Burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3509190&CatId=482 - $31 Check.
    Philips SPD2413BM Super-All-Write OEM DVD Burner

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3482959&CatId=1079 - $70
    OCZ OCZ500SXS StealthXStream 500-Watt

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337814&Sku=ULT33180 - $73
    Ultra eTorque ULT33180 Mid-Tower ATX Case

    TV Tuner:
    Sabrent TV Tuner / Video Capture / MPEG Recording PCI Card with Remote Control - $20
  25. Quote:


    ACTIVE LIST:
    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] CatId=3355 - $109
    Abit IP35V Intel P35 Express Socket 775

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] CatId=2775 - $240
    Acer X223WBD 22" LCD 5ms 2500:1

    Video Card:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] 2&CatId=28 - $202
    XFX GeForce 9600GT XT 680MHZ 512MB 1.9GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out

    CPU:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] CatId=1969 - $200
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Wolfdale 6 MB cache

    RAM:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] No=3617672 LOOK AT - $95
    Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz

    Hard drive:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] CatId=2459 - $80
    Hitachi Deckstar P7K500 500GB

    DVD Burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] &CatId=482 - $31 Check.
    Philips SPD2413BM Super-All-Write OEM DVD Burner

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] CatId=1079 - $70
    OCZ OCZ500SXS StealthXStream 500-Watt

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] u=ULT33180 - $73
    Ultra eTorque ULT33180 Mid-Tower ATX Case

    Every thing looks good. Plan to OC?
  26. Umm, probably just the processor. My cooling consists of 2 120mm fans so I don't think it's the best idea.

    There's an article on how to oc the E8400.

    I'll probably go to like 3.8Ghz or something.
  27. Okay, just another list update:

    Motherboard:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3135545&sku=S458-1276 - $109
    ECS G33T-M2 Motherboard

    Monitor:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3498665&CatId=2775 - $240
    Acer X223WBD 22" LCD 5ms 2500:1

    Video Card:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3716132&CatId=28 - $202
    XFX GeForce 9600GT XT 680MHZ 512MB 1.9GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out

    CPU:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3574211&CatId=1969 - $200
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Wolfdale 6 MB cache

    RAM:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3617672 LOOK AT - $95
    Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz

    Hard drive:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3529749&CatId=2459 - $80
    Hitachi Deckstar P7K500 500GB

    DVD Burner:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3509190&CatId=482 - $31 Check.
    Philips SPD2413BM Super-All-Write OEM DVD Burner

    Power Supply:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3482959&CatId=1079 - $70
    OCZ OCZ500SXS StealthXStream 500-Watt

    Case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337814&Sku=ULT33180 - $73
    Ultra eTorque ULT33180 Mid-Tower ATX Case

    TV Tuner:
    Sabrent TV Tuner / Video Capture / MPEG Recording PCI Card with Remote Control - $20


    Changes:

    New RAM. - Works well, mail in rebate. GOOD STUFF
    New motherboard. - Crappier brand, cheaper, better reviews and this has firewire.
    New DVD burner. - The other one was supposedly ****.
  28. Not sure I'd move to ECS just to get firewire. I would stick with the Abit board myself.
  29. ^+1. ECS is not a good quality brand imo.
  30. Damn.

    Well, gotta re decide the mb now.

    Okay, while I was writing the post I've decided this:
    https://secure.cbit.ca:645/retail_productdetail.asp?Cat=18&SubCat=521&ProdNo=MBD-A80-582

    I'm 99% sure thats a great board..
    It's SLI which is great.
  31. No, you can't get that board. It runs on the 650i chipset, and doesn't support the 8400. I'd take Overlords advice and check out those other websites to see if any better deals exist.
  32. I don't understand, isn't it socket 775 that I want?

    I found a mobo that's sli. It's a bit more cash but i'll shove some extra out. (Mail in rebates will give me some money later, I'll buy the TV tuner then.)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131180

    Amazing reviews..

    Mine will be at $150 after shipping and taxes.. I can afford it though.

    Okay?
  33. The Socket is only a part of it. You also need a chipset that supports the CPU in question, and a motherboard that can output the correct voltage for the CPU. For the 8400 (or 45nm) series, you need the 7 series boards from Nvidia. (or the P35 or higher for Intel)

    That board should be fine.
  34. Great, I'm done!
    I want to thank you for all the support you guys have given me in building this.

    You we're a great help and I can't appreciate this enough. I'll post on how the computers working when I have all the parts.

    (June. 6th the money will be done transferring from the bank, so till then, I'm going to die of excitement.)
  35. Hurry!!! right now, newegg.com is selling the antec 900 case for 70$!
  36. I can't buy from newegg...
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